Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Law

The Revised Common Lectionary presents us a pretty problem today. The reading from Deuteronomy tells us of Moses giving the Law to the people and ordering them to strictly obey it. The reading from Mark tell us that Jesus permitted His Disciples to eat with "defiled hands", thus not following the law. What are we to make of this?!?


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Law by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Choose This Day

Archbishop Timothy Dolan remarked:

Maybe the greatest threat to the Church is not heresy, not dissent, not secularism, not even moral relativism, but this sanitized, feel-good, boutique, therapeutic spirituality, that makes no demands, calls for no sacrifice, asks for no conversion, entails no battle against sin, but only soothes and affirms.”
 
That sort of lazy Christianity is, and always has been, enormously popular. Who WOULDN'T like a faith that tells you that you are just fine the way you are and which doesn't require anything of you?
 
True Christianity isn't that way. It makes inconvenient demands, but to understand those demands, we must reclaim language we have tossed on the scrapheap of superstition.
 
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Choose This Day by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.
 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Too soon smart; too late wise

There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge means that you have the skills to do something potentially stupid, if not fatal. Wisdom means that you have better sense than to do that. Knowledge comes from books. Wisdom come through culture, and for millenia it has been passed from one generation to the next in the form of story. We have lost, says Joseph Campbell, the language of the spirit which has for time out of mind informed us the ways of wisdom.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Too Late Wise by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Deal Gently with my Son

David, king of the united Kingdom, had to fight a civil war because his son, Absolum, declared himself king. Before the final battle, David instructed his generals, "Deal gently with the young man, Absolum". Instead, Joab, one of his generals, killed the young man. The capacity of the human mind to construct good reasons to do the wrong thing is limitless. Come join us for this week's sermon, "Deal Gently with my Son" and some comments about politicians by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cain's Question


After Cain killed his brother, the Bible recounts possibly the most important question in the First Testament.
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don't know,” he replied. “Am I my brother's keeper?”
A very good case can be made, I think, that the remainder of the Bible, from that moment on, is commentary on Cain's question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 
 Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky. for this week's sermon, "Cain's Question" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Speaking Truth To Power

As a Christian, do you feel any responsibility to assist in the reclamation of the world? That's a big question, the answer to which depends on how you understand your relationship to God.

What I hear,  too often, is of a God like the school Lunch Lady with an endless counter of food, ranging from the best through ordinary, to Spam and it's cousins and finally to a freshly deposited steaming cow pat. If you've been an inoffensive person, gone to church, and not caused too much fuss, the Lunch Lady gives you a delicious sandwich. Those who made a fuss get a sandwich of an entirely different sort. Such a view of God might teach fear of God, but it won't call forth your spirit to heal a suffering world.


Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Speaking Truth to Power by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Unintended Evil

We were proud to host Shea Wolford, missionary to Guadalajara, as our speaker today. She gave us a detailed view of her work in Mexico, both with house churches, and with an orphanage. May God speed her in this work.
That meant no sermon for those in attendance, but I did prepare one for our online visitors. It deals with the man we overlook, Herod. Herod prided himself on keeping his promises, but allowed himself to be tricked into murdering John the Baptiser, a man who he actually liked to hear speak.  Which of us hasn't found himself between the devil and the deep blue sea?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Unintended Evil by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.